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Brazilian band visits campus

first_img40 members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi arrived on campus Tuesday to visit the University and perform during the halftime show on Saturday at the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. In English, Meninos do Morumbi means “Kids of Morumbi,” the neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, where the band is based. The students will remain on campus until Sunday and are lodging at the Sacred Heart Parish Center. According to the Notre Dame Band website, in 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame band toured Brazil and performed for Meninos do Morumbi in São Paulo, the country’s largest city and Dr. Ken Dye, director of bands, said he enjoyed the visit to Brazil. “They were very gracious hosts and shared their exciting music with our band,” Dye said. The band later invited the youth band to Notre Dame to perform and experience campus life. Dye is looking forward to the interaction between the Notre Dame Band members and the young performers from Brazil. According to their website, Meninos do Morumbi is a social project that gives youth an alternative to delinquency, violence and drugs through music. “We attend around 2,000 children and young from 22 slums of São Paulo,” Ana Paula Costa, the band’s spokeswoman,said. According to Costa, Meninos do Morumbi has had 14,000 youth participants thus far. Musician and current director Flávio Pimenta founded the band in 1996. “I originally invited children from the slums and poor communities found begging on the streets of my neighborhood to teach music in my studio in my house,” Pimenta said. “The idea was not and is not charity.” According to Pimenta, the band has greatly impacted the students’ lives. “Not only the music, but the experience of good values. We are a place for good values,” Pimenta said. According to a press release, the group provides an escape from situations of personal and social risk through many expressions. “We offer them a range of activities in the areas of culture, music, arts, education and sports,” Costa said. The band has performed for former U.S. President George W. Bush as well as singer Madonna, according to Costa. They have also performed in the United Kingdom and France. The band’s style of music interprets songs of Brazilian and African folklore. According to Costa, the youth play music from Brazilian genres including jongo, maracatu, funk and samba. Sandra Teixeira, a Notre Dame Portuguese professor originally from Brazil, is excited for the band’s visit. “The Portuguese and Brazilian studies program is very excited about this incredible opportunity,” Teixeira said. “The visit will share an important aspect of Brazilian culture, as well as our love for music and dance, with the entire Notre Dame community.” Meninos do Morumbi will participate in many events throughout Notre Dame’s campus. The band is holding a performance today and a Brazilian instrument and dance workshop at the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the Brazil and Portuguese Language Clubs of Notre Dame will host a welcome reception and social hour in the ballroom of Lafortune Student Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. “Besides having the unique opportunity to watch a vibrant and culturally infused show, students will be able to witness a very successful story of the determination and talent exemplified by these kids and mentors,” Teixeira said.last_img read more

Dele Alli Face FIFA Ban After Middle Finger Gesture

first_imgTottenham midfielder, Dele Alli risk facing disciplinary actions from UEFA following his middle finger gesture in England’s 2018 World Cup qualifier game against Slovakia at Wembley.TV footage caught Alli making the middle finger gesture in the direction of the referee, Clément Turpin in the 77th minute of the match just moments after the French official waved away Alli’s appeal for a free kick following Martin Skrtel’s challenge.The 21-year-old midfielder later apologised and debunked suggestions that his gesture was towards the referee but rather towards former Spurs teammate, Kyle Walker.“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite,” he posted on his official twitter handle. If the referee includes the incident in his match report, Alli could face up to three match ban which will see him ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup qualifier and England’s first match at the 2018 World Cup. Relatedlast_img read more

LA Clippers rebound from collapse to defeat Wizards

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> For more than 72 hours, enough time to kick most minor illnesses, the Clippers couldn’t help but be sick. An 18-point lead Sunday vanished in five minutes against the Sacramento Kings.Before this week, the March schedule had presented the Clippers with such a relentless slate of games that they hadn’t even had time to practice, let alone feel bad for themselves.After the worst loss of the season? Nothing but time.“You would hope you had a back-to-back in that situation to kind of get that taste out of your mouth,” Jamal Crawford said. “But sometimes you need that. And if you look at it as a lesson learned versus a loss then, you know, use it accordingly.” What was a 19-point lead in the third quarter was down to 114-108 with 8:35 left in the fourth. Where the Clippers wilted against the Kings, they grew stronger against the Wizards, who would have moved within a game of first place in the Eastern Conference with a victory.The Wizards (46-29) cut the Clippers lead to 129-124 on a 3-pointer by Bradley Beal, who scored 27 points, with 30.8 seconds remaining, but Griffin hit a pair of free throws to prevent another tragic collapse.In the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers kept pace with the fourth-place Utah Jazz (46-29), which won in Sacramento, and Oklahoma City (43-31), which beat Orlando in overtime to remain one game behind the Clippers in sixth.The Clippers raced to a 74-63 lead at halftime, setting a season-high for points in a half. For the third time this season, and second time this month, they hit their high-water mark for a game with 133 points. They scored that number on Dec. 10 against New Orleans, Chris Paul’s 20-point, 20-assist game, and on March 21 against the Lakers.The night was an offensive explosion for both teams. The Clippers shot 56.6 percent from the field; the Wizards 49.5. Redick drained 7 of the Clippers’ 12 3-pointers, with the team shooting 40 percent from behind the arc.The Clippers hit 100 points with 5:43 remaining in the third after Griffin intercepted a bad pass from Wall and scored a transition layup on the other end. On Wednesday, the Clippers (45-31) tied their season-high for points and used one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams as a palate cleanser, beating the Washington Wizards 133-124 in one of their best offensive displays of the season.They built another double-digit lead and this time did not give it all away.Four Clippers starters scored more than 20 points, with J.J. Redick leading the way with a season-high 31, including 11 in the third quarter. Chris Paul (27), Blake Griffin (26) and DeAndre Jordan (23) all took turns starring within the offense.The latter three recorded double-doubles, with Jordan adding 18 rebounds, Griffin grabbing 10 boards – and missing a triple-double by one assist – and Paul collecting 13 assists.The Clippers overcame a 41-point barrage from John Wall, whose heroics kept the Wizards in the game and for a few tense moments in the fourth quarter created some concern that the Clippers could be heading for a repeat of Sunday’s meltdown.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Claressa Shields is chasing boxing ‘herstory,’ her way

first_imgA win and Shields will become the quickest fighter — male or female — to become a three-division world champion, as it took Vasiliy Lomachenko 11 fights to accomplish the same last year.“Boxing history is hard to do,” Shields admitted while speaking with Sporting News. “It’s not easier because I’m a woman. If it was easy, a lot more people, including women, would make boxing history.“That’s why I admire Lomachenko because to be a three-division world champion in the amount of fights he has … like I said before, if it was easy, so many other boxers would do it and they would do it in the same amount of time,” she continues. “For me to do it in 10 (fights), would make it a little bit crazier.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAt 24, Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) already has two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016) to her name, has reigned as a world super middleweight champion and became just the second woman in boxing history to be crowned undisputed champ earlier this year as she collected all four belts in the middleweight division.Becoming the fastest to accomplish the feat would mean a great deal to Shields, not only because she gets to bolster her GWOAT claim and add a significant chapter to her fighting legacy in women’s boxing, but also because she feels like it would bring her closer to her overall aim in the sweet science.“I just want to fight the best, be better and get better and by the time I’m done boxing or even while I’m boxing be considered one of the top 10 best boxers in the world,” rattles off Shields assertively. “That’s my overall goal.”Habazin vows to alter Shields’ projection, boldly exclaiming that “I’m coming here to knock her out” during the August press conference to officially announce the fight.To that, Shields says Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) is delusional and guilty of letting her dreams cloud her common sense.“I’m glad she’s confident,” Shields says. “It’s going to take a woman who’s willing to stand there and fight, but also take what she can give out, have good head movement and defense, be smart and everything. I just don’t think Ivana has that.“As far as her knocking me out, she’s thinking about her inner dreams,” she piles on. “It’s a dream for her. It’s not something that really could happen.”What could happen, according to Shields, is a knockout produced by her, instead. Shields felt like she was close to earning a stoppage in her last time out against Christina Hammer this past April, before having her hand raised via unanimous decision. She’d love to get that KO that she came up short notching about six months ago.“Just as much as she wants to knock me out, I want to get this knockout on my record,” Shields affirms. “If you try to stay there and bang with me, it will be an early night for her because I know for sure I could knock her out.”One of Habazin’s three losses came against Cecilia Braekhus, who was the first woman to ever become an undisputed champion, with her welterweight reign. An undisputed vs. undisputed showdown with Braekhus still looms large on Shields’ ambitious radar.“I feel like I’m better than her and the only way to prove that is to fight,” she says bluntly. “I feel like that would be the first women’s boxing pay-per-view fight. My management and Showtime are all on board. The only one who’s just not coming to the table are (Braekhus’ promoter) Tom Loeffler and Cecilia Braekhus.”In August, Shields also expressed her seriousness about making a boxing bout and mixed martial arts clash with UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champ Amanda Nunes a reality in a pair of super fights. But Shields tabled even evoking Nunes’ name this week in full focus of the task at hand in handling Habazin on Saturday night.The fact that she has the opportunity to do that in a homecoming fight sweetens the situation all the more.Shields essentially spent the entire summer in Flint, having even hosted a summer camp for over 120 local kids ages 7-16 for two months.While Flint residents continue to deal with the infamous water crisis, Shields’ camp offered everything from writing to reading, painting and yoga to help alleviate kids’ stress. In just nine professional fights, Claressa Shields has arguably already fought her “Greatest Woman of All Time” (GWOAT) nickname into existence.With her 10th pro bout, she’s eyeing boxing history, period. Or better yet, herstory, her way. Shields faces Ivana Habazin at the Dort Federal Event Center in her hometown of Flint, Mich. on Saturday night with the vacant WBO junior middleweight title on the line. On Wednesday afternoon, the WBC also agreed to sanction the bout for its vacant women’s junior middleweight championship, making two titles up for grabs this fight. “There’s the water crisis, but there’s poverty, gun violence and people are losing their brothers, uncles, cousins to gun violence,” Shields attests. “God is doing the work in me.”Both in the ring and as a pillar of the community, as Shields’ chase for history — or herstory — continues.“At the end, I think that I’ll look at this list,” Shields says, “and be like ‘This list of accomplishments is crazy.’”last_img read more

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